Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

July 21, 2022
Polio Case in New York State - NYSDOH Encourages Polio Vaccination

Get vaccinated! Find out more information here.

All New Yorkers who are unvaccinated, including children 2 months and older, those who are pregnant, and people who have not completed their polio vaccine series previously should get vaccinated right away. Learn about vaccine clinics and other ways you can receive the polio vaccine.



May 17th, 2022
Alzheimer's Community Forum: Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and memory loss

April 15th, 2022
The Annual President's Forum on Health Disparities
Moving to Action in the Achievement of Health Equity

For more information, click here!

Register here!

March 11th, 2021
5th Annual Transport Symposium: Advancing the Science of Community Engaged Research: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Register for the event here!

March 1st, 2021

Check out the updated list of vaccination sites in the Capital Region here.

October 27th, 28th, and November 6th, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Scan the QR code on the flyer or go to to register for the Albany County Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. Flyers on this website will be updated as each of the dates go by.

October 18th - 22nd, 2021
14th Annual Mentoring Conference: Mentoring in an Interconnected World

The Mentoring Institute's 14th Annual Mentoring Conference is being held virtually this fall!

See the Plenary Speakers for this conferences here!

Register for the Mentoring Conference here!

September 20th, 2021
EduMed Scholarships and Resources for Hispanic and Latinx Students

National Hispanic Heritage month is from September 15th to October 15th! To honor that, EduMed has put together a guidebook showcases 20 scholarship opportunities and other helpful resources for Hispanic and Latinx students.

Check out the guidebook here!

June 26th, 2021
You are Invited to the Day of Healing, Presented by the Albany County Legislature & Minority Health And Equity Task Force

May 17th, 2021
CEMHD Team Led by Prof. Archana Krishnan wins Best Meeting Poster at the 5th Annual Conference of the Center for Health and Social Media (CHASM); May 13th-14th, 2021.

The poster title is:

Documenting Disparities in Technology Access, Information-Seeking and Vaccine Hesitancy during the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York's Capital Region

The video poster can be viewed at:

April 30th, 2021
2021 President's Forum on Health Disparities:
Health Disparities in the World of COVID-19

Check out more information here!
Register for the President's Forum here!

May 1st, 2021
Myanmar Multi-Ethnic Charity Fair

February 18th, 2021
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

This event will be hosted on Facebook Live! You do not need a Facebook account to participate in the event. Access the event page here.

December 9th, 2020
2020 PREMIS Series: A Conversation with Dr. David Satcher: My Quest for Health Equity: Notes on Learning While Leading

COVID-19 Conversations
with the APHA and the National Academy of Medicine


The sixteenth COVID-19 Conversations webinar will discuss the next steps for ensuring COVID-19 vaccines reach the public, including overcoming vaccine hesitancy, ensuring a robust supply chain and communicating clearly and consistently throughout.

The webinar will begin with an introduction from the session's moderator, Jewel Mullen, Associate Dean for Health Equity at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, and then feature a conversation with a panel of experts, including:

  • Paul Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Katie Greene, Visiting Policy Associate at Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Julie Swann, Department Head, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, NC State University
  • Noel Brewer, Professor, Department of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health


October 24th, 2020
Acacia Network and Capital District Latinos present:
Wellness Workshops & Health Screenings

October 22nd, 2020
Brooklyn Health Disparities Center Presents:
2020 PREMIS Series: A Conversation with Richard Rothstein
The Color Of Law

October 1st, 2020
Racism and Racial Bias in the Medical Community
Zoom Talk Hosted by the Student Association's Health and Sustainability Department

Congratulations to our 2020 Health Disparities Fellowship Graduates:
Drs. Melissa Noel and Wayne Lawrence

Melissa Noel received her Ph.D. from UAlbany, School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Noel starts a Post-Doc this fall at American University in Washington, DC in the Justice, Law, and Criminology Department where she will be teaching a course and conducting her own research.

Wayne Lawrence received his PhD. in epidemiology from UAlbany, School of Public health. He is now a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

June 22nd, 2020
Associate News Feature:
Dr. Wayne Lawrence's Article in the Times Union
Commentary: Public Health Experts Can't 'Stay Out of Politics', Nor Should They

Dr. Wayne Lawrence recently published an opinion article with the Times Union discussing the impact and importance of public health officials in the political landscape. To read the article, please click the link here.

May 2nd, 2020
Associate News Feature:
Dr. Kaydian Reid's Article in the Hartford Courant
"Why the coronavirus hits harder in communities of color"

Former Health Disparities Fellow, Dr. Kaydian Reid, recently published a special op-ed in the Hartford Courant discussing how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color. Dr. Reid is currently an assistant professor and program director for the Master of Publich Health Program at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.


Black/African Americans Outside NYC Suffer Even Greater Health Disparities in the Impact of COVID-19 than NYC Black/African-Americans According to Data from the NYS Department of Health

Albany Minority Health Task Force
Position Paper on Racial Disparities in COVID-19

Please read the Albany Minority Health Task Force Position Paper on Racial Disparities in regards to COVID-19 below.


Alzheimer's Association: Ask the Expert

June 17th, 2020
COVID-19 and the Black Community

Associate News Feature:

Five Questions with Elizabeth Vasquez

Our very own Dr. Vasquez was featured in a Five Questions article with the UAlbany News Center. Check out the full article here!

March 5th, 2020

AVillage's Celebration of Progress

Save the date for AVillage's Celebration of Progress! The 10-year anniversary of the group's work in Albany's South End will be celebrated at their seventh annual Celebration of Progress and Annual Fundraising Dinner.

It will be held Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at:
The New York State Museum
Theater and Adirondack Hall
5:30pm Registration
6-7:00pm Program
7:00pm Dinner, mingling, and conversation

Registration is due by February 27th, 2020 and can be done online at:


November 15th, 2019
President's Forum on Health Disparities:
The Role of Epigenetics in Health Disparities


August 30th, 2019

Throw-back to School Community Event

Hosted by Centro Civico


June 7th, 2019 - SPRINTER Visit with CEMHD





























The SPRINTER program (Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community Engaged Research) at SUNY Downstate Medical Center offers a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students that combines basic science with health disparities and community-based research. Nine students and two members of the programs’ staff visited the University at Albany on June 7th, 2019 to learn about research opportunities and the Health Disparities Doctoral Fellowship Program offered through the University’s Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD), with support from an endowment by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.



April 15th, 2019 - Environmental Justice Workshop


An event focused on campus-related research, teaching, and outreach on environmental justice largely to help familiarize one another about the others on campus working on these topics.

The first hour will be lightning talks - about how each participants' research or teaching touches on environmental justice. The goal of this time is to help us identify any research synergies, and also help us to get a better sense of the range of teaching and research that takes place on campus related to environmental justice.

Have a colleague or graduate student who is active on these matters and hasn't heard about the workshop? Please let them know and share this flyer with them!


October 12th, 2018 - Come Join CEMHD for our World Café



President's Forum on Health Disparities

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Wayne J. Riley, President of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Riley is President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.




On April 24th the University at Albany and CEMHD hosted the Inaugural President’s Forum on Health Disparities, entitled “Health in NY State: Addressing Barriers to Health Across Populations.”

The Forum featured as its keynote speaker Dr. Wayne J. Riley, President of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Riley is President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.


Prior to President’s Riley’s address, there were introductory remarks Darrell P. Wheeler, Ph.D. (Forum Co-Chair), Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare; Havidán Rodríguez, Ph.D., our university President; Lawrence M. Schell, Ph.D. (Forum Co-Chair), Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Co-Principal Investigator, NIH/NIMHD S21 Health Disparities Endowment; David R. Holtgrave, Ph.D., Dean, School of Public Health, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor; and, on behalf of NYSDOH Commission Zucker, Wilma Alvarado-Little, MA, MSW, Associate Commissioner, NYSDOH, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention. James Dias, Ph.D., Vice President for Research introduced President Riley.

Following President Riley’s address, there was an interactive panel discussion exploring the challenges of health disparities across New York State. The panelists were: Kaydian Reid (Presidential Health Disparities Research Fellow); Wilma Alvarado –Little (Associate Commissioner and Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, NYS DOH), Barry Walston (President, Albany Black Child Development Institute); Blanca Ramos (Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare and Liaison, Amsterdam Minority Health Task Force); and President Riley.

The President’s Forum is a centerpiece of UAlbany’s prestigious $10 million NIH/NIMHD-funded Endowment for Community-Based Health Disparities Research and Training. Members of our campus community, colleagues from across institutions of higher education, along with our healthcare and community-based partners attended the Forum. The forum provided an arena for the exchange of ideas, new concepts and solutions, and opportunities for professional development and networking to foster future research and scholarly collaboration.

The forum also included six faculty presentations. From the Downstate Medical Center Prof. Aimee Afable, PhD, MPH, Downstate School of Public Health, spoke on “A Proposal for a New Urban Health Framework.” Prof. Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Department of Pediatrics, Executive Director of Health & Education (HEAT), Downstate Medical Center described his work “HIV Disparities In Brooklyn among Black Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in the House Ball Community.” Prof Tonya N. Taylor, Ph.D., M.S., Department of Medicine/Division of Infectious Disease, Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program spoke on “Aging and Health Disparities.”

From the University at Albany, Prof. Allison Appleton, ScD, MPH, School of Public Health spoke on “Prenatal psychosocial stress, environmental contaminants, and the epigenetic origins of health disparities: The Albany Infant and Mother Study.” Prof. Alex L. Pieterse, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Training Director School of Education, University at Albany, State University of New York addressed “Health Disparities and Racial Attitudes: The Role of Perceived Racism.” Christine K. Wagner, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology & Center for Neuroscience Research, presented her work, "Synthetic progestins, neural development and cognitive behavior: Implications for health disparities in premature birth outcomes.”


The Inaugural President’s Forum on Health Disparities, entitled “Health in NY State: Addressing Barriers to Health Across Populations” is a centerpiece of UAlbany’s prestigious $10 million NIH/NIMHD-funded Endowment for Community-based Health Disparities Research and Training program.

Addressing health disparities is a critical public health priority for New York State as well as our entire nation. New York has an exceptionally diverse population spanning race and ethnicity with people living in very rural to very urban places and coming from very wealthy to very poor socioeconomic conditions. Regrettably, equally good health is not afforded to all New Yorkers.

Our goal is to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities for all racial/ethnic minorities and other underserved populations. This will require people, institutions and governments to come together to understand the sources of disparities in health, research and test novel solutions, and bring them to scale to affect good health. While much work has been done to improve health and extend the average lifespan, much more work remains. As Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health once said, “As long as even one of our fellow Americans encounters barriers to optimal care, whatever the reason, our work is unfinished.”

The Forum is proud to feature as its keynote speaker Dr. Wayne J. Riley, President of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Riley is President Emeritus of the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to Dr. Riley’s keynote address, there will be an interactive panel discussion exploring the challenges of health disparities across New York State, which will include our Presidential Fellows in Health Disparities Training, faculty scholars/researchers, and members from our community who are involved in health disparities. In addition, there will be a series of faculty presentations on the results of on-going research, as well as opportunities for you to offer questions and comments throughout the day.

Members of our campus community, colleagues from across institutions of higher education, along with partners from healthcare providers and community groups will be invited to the President’s Forum. In addition to the exchange of ideas, new concepts and solutions, the Forum will also provide professional development and networking opportunities to foster future research and scholarly collaboration.



Annual Capital District Symposium on ACES Training

May 7th, 2018

Cliníca de Migrantes Film Screening and Panel Discussion

April 6th, 2018

Epigenetics Workshop: How to Include Epigenetics in your Research

February 16th, 2018


Indigenous Collaboration across Humanities and Social Sciences

November 14th, 2017

Live Aid presents Rebuilding/Never Broken: Fulmont for Puerto Rico

November 30th, 2017











February 24th, 2017
The Series Begins: Race Still Matters



"Stress, Trauma and Violence: What Can The University Do?"

February 1st, 2017


On February 1st, 2017, CEMHD hosted the "Stress, Trauma and Violence: What Can The University Do?" World Cafe in collaboration with experts and community groups to address the problems of stress trauma and violence in the Albany community to begin developing collaborative solutions. The STV World Café was held at the University at Albany in the Standish room of the Science Library. In total, there were 47 people in attendance. Of those 47, 17 were students, 10 were faculty and 27 were community members. Representatives from the community include individuals who are affiliated with the Albany Police Department, Albany Medical Center, Capital District YMCA, the Albany Boys & Girls Club, the New York State Department of Health, Capital District Urban League, Trinity Alliance and the City of Albany Youth Workforce Services. The task force has been able to support local health projects in the capital district by supporting community engagement efforts and promote positive relationships between members of the community and the university at Albany faculty. Next steps are currently being planned by the Albany community health task force.



South End Run, Ride, Walk: Honoring Qazir Sutherland
October 15th, 2016

Family Dinner Night
September 26th, 2016

Inaugural Veterans Appreciation breakfast
September 25th, 2015

Building Relationships Between Our Communities of Color and the Albany Police Department
August 8th, 2015

November 19th, 2014
Stress-Related Effects of Racism among Black Men: Findings and Interventions
Dr. Alex Petierse, PhD
Department of Counseling Psychology, University at Albany
Location: Humanities Room 354
Time: 12:00-1:00pm


October 15th, 2014
Strategies to build health and media literacies and reduce health disparities among youth populations
Dr. Phillp Massey, PhD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University School of Public Health
Location: Room 110a School of Public Health One University Place Rensselaer NY

Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Dr. Massey will discuss strategies to engage youth audiences using mobile and digital technologies to build health and media literacies with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities. Dr. Massey will draw from his global health work in Senegal, his work on a social media website designed for youth in California, and emerging research using Twitter.



August 11th, 2014
Black Men's Health Summit
8:30am - 3:30pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Ave. Albany NY
Sponsors: School of Public Health, Macedonia Baptist Church community outreach


April 26th, 2014 SNUG & Doctors 4 Hope Present: A Walk to Cure Violence


April 11th, 2014 The Community Engagement/Outreach Committee Welcomes Dr. David B. Miller
The Urban Hassle Index: A Workshop











April 9th, 2014 

¡Salud! Film Screening




A film about Cuban doctors abroad and the structure of the Cuban medical system



5:30 - 7:00 pm



Room 110 University Hall



We will show exerpts from the film and then Dr. Elyse Andaya of the Anthropology dept. will discuss the Cuban health care system along with UA undergraduate student Joel Balbi. Dr. Andaya is an expert on the Cuban health care system. Her new book, Reproducing the Revolution: Gender, Kinship, and the State in Contemporary Cuba, will be released at the end of April.




March 28th, 2014
10th Anniversary Health Disparities Symposium
Standish Room, Uptown Campus Center
Save the date for a day-long symposium on minority health disparities
Health disparities researchers from UAlbany will give presentations on their research
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce Link, co-director, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

February 21st, 2014
Eating Healthy on a Budget
Facilitated by Daniella Thorne and Julia Shafer

October 23rd, 2013
Campus Center Assembly Hall
The session will provide a brief introduction to community‐engaged research and examples of such work by an emerging group of interdisciplinary faculty and staff at UAlbany focused on community‐based participatory research, including the CEMHD Director and three of its research associates. Additionally, small group discussions will give you a chance to discuss your own ideas and projects and how to incorporate community engagement into your research efforts.
Moderator: Annis Golden, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication
Janine Jurkowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Public Health – Research example: working with Head Start parents to help prevent childhood obesity
Christine T. Bozlak, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health – Research focus: Adolescents in a Chicago and community
Virginia Eubanks, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Women's Studies. Research example: Participatory research on technology and women's poverty at the YWCA of Troy‐Cohoes
Juliana Svistova, Ph.D. candidate, School of Social Welfare ‐‐ Research example: Disaster recovery and local participation in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake
Lawrence M. Schell, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and School of Public Health; Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities ‐‐ Research example: Working in partnership with Native Americans.
Why use it; types of community‐engaged research and degrees of community participation; appropriate ways to develop, implement, and sustain community‐engaged research; impacts on research and the community.
Workshop attendees discuss their own projects or ideas and how community‐engaged research might be incorporated.

September 17th, 2013
Dads Take Your Child to School Day
Fatherhood participation day facilitated by the Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Includes activities planned for fathers who take their kids to school.

September 6th, 2013
Campus Center Assembly Hall
Our Communities and the New York Health Benefit Exchange
Join us for a lively discussion with community experts as they share information about the New York Health Benefit Exchange, the In-Person Assistors/Navigators and their community partnerships. This workshop is designed specifically for professionals, community members, faculty and students and everyone interested in practice, policy, research and advocacy as it relates to the Health Disparities issues in the Capital District.
Kelvin S. Sapp, Project Coordinator, New York Health Benefit Exchange
Bob Cohen, Policy Director, Citizens Action of New York
Bruce Stanley, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY

April 25th – 27th, 2013
Capital District Summit on Black Men and Boys

Apr 25
Unveiling the Truth, Dispelling the Myths
Screening of "Hoodwinked"
4:30 - 6:00 pm – Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm – Program
Schenectady County Community College
78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305
There are many distortions and misrepresentations of the facts concerning Black males in America today. On Thursday afternoon, we will offer a presentation of the movie "Hoodwinked," followed by a discussion lead by the author and creator, Janks Morton.

Apr 27
What Must be Done?: Promising Approaches to Support Black Males
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
Leonard Dunston, former president of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. will provide the keynote presentation. Workshops will address the health and well-being of Black Males and strategies to support and encourage empowerment of Black males, families, neighborhoods and re-build communities, focusing on Faith, Education, Health, the Black Family, and Youth.
A project of: Macedonia Baptist Church; Black Child Development Inst; Rho Sigma Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Mu Iota Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Sigma Pi Phi/Beta PSI Boule UAlbany; Fathers Inc;. and Schenectady County Community College in partnership with CEMHD Summit Locations: University at Albany Schenectady County Community College First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

Apr 26
Perspectives on Policy
This session by invitation only

University at Albany, Uptown Campus
Dr. Sydney Hankerson from Columbia University will present a keynote address on Black Males and Mental Health. This will be followed by a presentation on the work done recently by Fathers Inc., and the Urban Institute to revisit the 1965 Moynihan Report that provides an update on current perspectives on the Black family.
We will then host a dialogue about promising strategies with local strategy and policy makers, from the public and private sectors, education, faith community and political arenas.

A Celebration of Local Advocates of Black Male Empowerment

5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Macedonia Baptist Church
26 Wilson Ave., Colonie, NY 12205
On Friday evening, the Capital Region will lift up the work of supporting and encouraging black males with a spirit filled program of music and word, and recognition of our local advocates who with their time and talents, encourage black males to seek excellence.

April 18th, 2013
Efforts of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services to Address Racial Disparity in Child Welfare Presented by Greg Owens, LMSW
12:15 - 1:30
Leavitt Room,
Downtown Campus
Greg Owens, LMSW, specializes in Criminal and Juvenile Justice. He has worked as a clinician and manager in various settings including residential treatment and community-based organizations and has worked for NYS Division for Youth/Office for Children and Family Services for 25 years. He is currently the Director of Special Populations and is responsible for statewide initiatives including mentoring, youth gangs and violence, disproportionate minority representation, cultural competence and responsible fatherhood.
Co-sponsored by the School of Social Welfare and CEMHD

April 8th, 2013
Investigating Health Disparities in Immigrant Communities in the U.K.
Presented by Noel Cameron, Ph.D., Professor of Human Biology, Loughburg University, Leicestershire, U.K.
One aftermath of the loss of the British Empire is the immigration of former colonial populations to the UK in search of economic and social betterment. These immigrant groups characteristically settle in the major urban conurbations. Their communities have a health profile that not only reflects the factors that shaped their health in their country of origin, but also new factors in their host country. This talk will primarily address the case of South Asian immigrants in an industrialized city the UK (Bradford) and Africans living in Soweto in South Africa.
Noël Cameron obtained his Ph.D. in Medicine at London University's Institute of Child Health in 1978 under the supervision of Professor James Tanner. From 1984 to 1997 he was a member of the Department of Anatomy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1997 he returned to the UK to become Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University.
Dr. Cameron has published widely on the health and growth of children in developing countries. He initiated and was Director of the Birth to Ten birth-cohort study in Soweto,-Johannesburg, South Africa, which has investigated the effect of the urban environment on the growth, development, health and wellbeing of over 3000 children.

March 15th, 2013
Our Communities and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Join us for a lively event with 3 community experts as they discuss what the Affordable Care Act means for women's health, health exchanges, and the LBGT community.
Lea Webb, Webb Consulting
Jonathan Lang, Director of Governmental Projects & Community Development, Empire State Pride Agenda
Georgana Hanson, Assistant Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Family Planning Advocates of New York State
Click [Here] for more information!

March 13th, 2013
The Successful Elimination of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Health
Dr. Glen Flores
Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Sciences, and Public Health; Director of the Division of General Pediatrics; the Judith and Charles Ginsburg Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center Dallas School of Public Health
Room 110 A, Atrium of the East Campus,
1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144
For more information: Professor Janine Jurkowski [email protected]
For flyer click HERE

March 8th, 2013
Screening and discussion of the film: "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide"
Discussants: Wilma Alvarado-Little, Outreach Director, CEMHD Jean Fei, NYS Victims Assistance Academy Nadya Lawson, Holding Our Own and The Women's Building Loretta Pyles, Associate Professor, School of Social Work Sponsored by WMHT For more information contact Amanda Lester: [email protected]

March 7th, 2013
“The Role of Gender in the Analysis of Health Disparities” by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D.
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College, along with Anna Julia Cooper, a Professor of Women’s Studies there.

February 24th, 2013
UAlbany Student groups: Doctors for Hope and the NAACP Health Committee present: "Health Disparities in the Black Community"
Presentation by
Wilma Alvarado-Little, MA, MSW, Outreach Director
Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

February 22nd, 2013
Young Moms on a Mission: "Let's Talk about Healthy Practices"
Planning session for 2013 workshops
Inman Center
53 Guy Park Ave Amsterdam, New York (Rear parking lot entrance)
Advance Registration required
Contact: Nilda Giraldi: 518.842.1205, [email protected] or
Lynda Peckowitz: 518.442.4904, [email protected]

February 21st, 2013
Native American Health Disparities Symposium
Speakers: Dr. Donald Warne, MD, Oglala Lakota Tribe Director, North Dakota State University MPH Program; Wendy Stoddart, Program Director, NYSDOH American Indian Health Program; Lawrence Schell, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities; Punkin Clay Stephens, Ph.D., Assisting Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, formerly of the NYSDOH AIDS Institute.
School of Public Health Auditorium, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

November 30th, 2012
From Hacienda to Globalization: the Political Ecology of Health and Production in the Southern Andes
A talk by Tom Leatherman, Ph.D.
This talk traces the shifting landscapes of land, livelihood, economy, and health across three moments in recent Peruvian history: from an initial agrarian reform implemented in the 1970s, through a protracted civil war in the late 1980s and 1990s, to a second agrarian reform and present-day period of more intense globalization of regional and local economies. These moments had key impacts on access to land, the structure of rural livelihoods, and health. Intense spaces of vulnerability characterized much of this landscape up to and through the civil war between revolutionary forces of Sendero Luminoso and Tupac Amaru and the Peruvian State.
More recently, changing access to land and production regimes following a second agrarian reform provide spaces of hope for newly formed indigenous communities. Dr. Leatherman traces this history in the District of Nuñoa, a site of anthropological study during each of these historic moments. Using a political ecology of health approach, he links shifting economic and social landscapes to food security, nutrition and health, and the ways that health can both reflect and affect the livelihoods and economies of rural households in Nuñoa.
Dr. Leatherman is the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is the Director of the Five-College Program in Culture, Health and Science.

November 16th, 2012
Healthy Business: Your Health and Time and Financial Management
Come learn about healthy ways to manage time and finances.
Amsterdam Housing Community Center

September 28th, 2012
Is Work Making Your Patients Sick?: Preventing, Diagnosing & Treating Occupational Illness
Keynote Speaker: Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH Immediate Past President, American Public Health Association Topic: Health and Safety Disparities Location: School of Public Health For more information, go HERE call: (518) 402-0330 or visit

September 22nd, 2012
American Graduate Day
WHMT included CEMHD as a community partner in its participation in a national effort by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. American Graduate Day is a National Broadcast and Outreach Event aimed at engaging the country in the high school graduation rate crisis.
Beginning at 3pm on Sept 22, 2012 WMHT will broadcast news segments on community activities that contribute to increasing graduation rates.
This is the schedule:
3:23pm Engaging and Relevant Curricula : Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education
3:53pm Bullying : National Coalition Building Institute at Albany High School; 4:23pm Adolescent Health and Teen Pregnancy : Young Moms on a Mission, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities , University at Albany, and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood's STARS Program; 4:53pm Outside-of-School Community and Mentoring Programs : TEAM Program, Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady , and the Uptown Summer Youth Employment Program of the North Troy Environmental Education Consortium

September 20th, 2012
Dads Take Your Child to School Day
Local schools will be participating. Fatherhood participation day facilitated by the Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Includes activities planned for fathers who take their kids to school.

August 17th, 2012
SNUG Event: Peace on the Streets Campaign
Fun, Food, and More!
Join us Friday afternoon on Elizabeth St. between Alexander and 4th

July 19th, 2012
Hoops for Haiti – Basketball Game for Haiti Relief
Area teens adopted from Haiti take on the Christian Men’s League to support their former orphanage, H.I.S. Home for Children. Also learn about affordable adoptions.
Free admission but donation requested.
Albany Academy for Boys

July 19th, 2012
Community Organization Town Hall Meeting: Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Project
Room 219 Husted Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus
The project is aimed at engaging our community in conversations about the intersections of social justice and criminal justice in an increasingly diverse society. The meeting will introduce it to a select group of Capital Region organizations.

June 16th, 2012
CEMHD is partnering with the local community in President Obama’s fatherhood and mentoring initiative: 2012 Fatherhood Buzz Barber Shop Tour
The Fatherhood Buzz Barbershop Tour will provide an in-person briefing and orientation for selected barbershops using the Barbershop Engagement Toolkit which contains facts, advice, and community resources that barbers can use to promote responsible fatherhood and to serve as a resource to their customers.
Pilot program for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC)

June 14th, 2012
The Interrupters
An acclaimed documentary that tells the story of 3 violence interrupters in Chicago who try to protect their communities from the violence in which they once participated.
Special Guest: Ameena Matthews, one of the stars of the film.
Discussion Moderator: Susan Arbetter, News & Public Affairs Director, WCNY Public Broadcasting
Suggested donation is $10 in support of Albany SNUG/CeaseFire
For more information, call: 518-591-8795
Sponsored by Albany Medical Center, Key Bank, and SEFCU in support of Albany SNUG/CeaseFire

May 18
Young Moms on a Mission: CEMHD and WMHT Public Television Family Literacy Program Presents: “Gregory the Terrible Eater"
WMHT Family Fun Night, Healthy Parenting Habits
Open to families with children from 1-5 years of age. Watch a story. Read books. Make hands-on crafts to take home. Each family receives a child's book. Please arrive to check in at 4:00! A light dinner will follow.

June 12th, 2012
The Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Albany Presents:Capital District Faith Leaders Summit
“Healing Begins Here – An Ecumenical Approach to Health Disparities”
Keynote Speaker & Summit Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Carl I. Washington, New Zion Baptist Church, Harlem, NY
A cross-section of religious leaders, lay ministry workers, and community stakeholders will meet to build the capacity of religious leaders and lay persons to incorporate their respective faith principles and unique positions as faith leaders to educate, raise the level of awareness and mobilize their congregants to develop courses of action to combat health disparities.

May 17th, 2012
Heal Thy Self: A Spiritual Awakening, Wisdom from Our Heroes and Sheroes
A roundtable discussion with faith leaders, psychologists, social workers and other helpers.
Location: Albany Housing Authority, Community Room
Sponsored by CEMHD's community partner: The Black Child Development Institute of Albany

May 16th, 2012
Youth Voices/Voices of Youth: Roundtable Discussion with Local Youth
What’s Going On: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Albany Housing Authority
Sponsored by CEMHD’s Community Partner, The Black Child Development Institute of Albany

April 27th, 2012
Full Day Training: Working with Trans People and Their Families Clinical Competency with Trans Individuals and Families
FREE for SUNY Students Admission: $35 professionals/$10 non-SUNY students Please Register in Advance/ Lunch will be Served To register call: (518) 462-6138 (Box 12) or email: [email protected] This workshop series is made possible through the generous support of the SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity, School of Social Welfare, Counseling Psychology program, Women's Studies Department, Disability Resource Center, CEMHD, Office of Multicultural Student Success' Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, SWARE, the Student Association, Northeast Division NASW NYS, Rainbow Access Initiative & the Pride Center of the Capital Region. Free for Students - your GSO Funds at Work!
Husted Amphitheater, Downtown Campus

April 25th, 2012
A Road Less Traveled: Diabetes and Depression Among Ethnic Minorities
Dr. Michelle Owens-Gary from the Centers for Disease Control will lead the discussion.
Husted Hall Auditorium, Downtown Campus
For more information, contact: Dr. Lani V. Jones

April 24th, 2012
UAlbany welcomes Dr. Michelle Gary-Owens from the Centers for Disease Control
On Tuesday evening she will lead an informative discussion on her career trajectory in minority health disparities. Light refreshments will be served.
University Hall, Room 306, Uptown Campus

April 13th, 2012
Young Moms on a Mission: Communication Leads to Success
How to Communicate with Your Provider
Topics Include: Communication, Phone Etiquette & Manners; In-Person Interactions

March 23rd – 25th, 2012
25th Anniversary SOMOS El Futuro Conference
Empire State Plaza
Free for Students

March 23rd, 2012
NYS Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee Town Hall Meeting for the Hudson River Region
Husted Hall Auditorium, Room 106
Downtown UAlbany Campus
For more information contact: Frances S. Priester

March 19th, 2012
Regular Meeting of the Capital Region Refugee Roundtable: Language Access & Volunteer Support
Interpretation in Health Care Settings: Rights, Realities, Resources, & Recourse
Guest speakers from CEMHD, Compass Interpreters, and MAMI: the Multicultural Alliance of Medical Interpreters
Sponsored by: USCRI

March 9th, 2012
Oral Health: How Does Your Smile Affect You and Your Relationships, Opportunities, and Overall Health?
Workshop: Presented by Diana-Soto Buanno and Cecelia Alexander, RN, New Dimensions Health Center
Topics Include: Importance of Oral Health, Your Dental Experience, Seeing a Dentist, Where to Find Services.

March 5th, 2012
Building Resiliency with Val Massdorp, clinical director of Africa’s first hospice.
Location: The Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY
Sponsored by the Community Hospice Africa AIDS Partnership
Reservations Required. A $20 Donation is Requested but not Required.

February 10th, 2012
YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PERSON! Self-Esteem, Self-Care and Your Well-Being
Facilitated by: Sara Boerenko, Sr. Christine Mura, and Dr. Jacqueline Pasco of St. Mary’s Healthcare

February 7th, 2012
Workshop: Community Based Participatory Research
Presented by Dr. Janine Jurkowski
Location: AS 104
Faculty and staff who are applying for the spring CEMHD research award should attend, but it is open to all faculty and graduate students. Space is limited so you must call to registory by Monday, Feb. 6th, at noon. To register call: 442-7769

January 31st, 2012
“Mentoring for Your Health: How Mentoring can Address Health Equity, A dialogue with Mentoring and Health Advocates
Campus Center Assembly Hall, Uptown Campus

January 27th, 2012
Reproductive Health: What’s Myth? What’s Fact?
Inmen Center
Presenters: Cecelia Alexander, RN; Christy O’Callaghan-Leue, Planned Parenthood
Anatomy Presentation by Cecelia Alexander, RN; Myth vs. Facts by Christy O’Callaghan-Leue

November 19th, 2011
Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Health: A Blueprint for Healing
with Dr. Joy DeGruy at the Campus Center Assembly Hall
Cost: Free, Advance Registration Required

November 7th-8th, 2011
Health Disparities in Sexual Minorities Along the Life Cycle: A Beginning Community Discussion
Page Hall, UA Downtown Campus
Cost: Free, Advance Registration Required

October 14h, 2011
Empowering the Community: Relationships – Healthy, Strong, and Positive
Panel Presentation:
Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner
Testimonial from an Adolescent Domestic Violence Survivor
Thoughts from the Spiritual Community
Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties Domestic Violence Programs

September 17th, 2011
The Legacy of Trauma in Women’s Lives: Health Impacts and Strategies for Healing in Community
UA Campus Center, Room 375, Cost: $15 community members and students/$20 for providers
Advance Registration Required. For more information and to register: www.thewomensbuilding.orgor or call 518.462.2871

August 11th, 2011
New York State Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee Town Hall Meeting
9:00AM - 1:00PM
Husted Hall
UA Downtown Campus
135 Western Ave, Albany, NY, 12222
Co-Sponsored by CEMHD and OMH

August 8th, 2011
Young Moms on a Mission: Healthy Relationships lead to Healthy Parenting
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
1910 Riverfront Center, Amsterdam, NY - Cost: Free

June 24th, 2011
Healthy Relationships Lead to Healthy Parenting
Workshop presented by Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Diane Luckey
Topics Include: How to manage money and household expenses; tips on how to prepare for a job interview.

April 15th, 2011
Seminar on Ethics and Responsible Research
Dan Thompson, M.D., M.A., FACP, FCCM – Chair of the Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects

March 18th, 2011
“Because They’re Lower to the Ground: Mexican Migrants and the Naturalization of Social Suffering”
Seth M. Holmes, Ph.D., M.D.
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

February 4th, 2011
Young Moms on a Mission: Love Your Baby, Love Yourself
Amsterdam Housing Community Center
60 Division Street, Amsterdam
For further information: Nilda Giraldi - 518-842-1205 [email protected]
Topics include: BOCES – Studying for the GED; St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam Nutritionist; St. Mary’s Hospital pediatrician

November 5th, 2010
Adolescent Sexual Health Workshop
Amsterdam Minority Health Task Force Event
Place: Amsterdam Housing
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 Task Force Member to arrive @ 2:30 pm.
Participates: 30 Teen mothers, age 13 yrs. old and up.
Workshop to provide education and resources regarding women’s health to the Latina population in Amsterdam, NY.

October 7th-8th, 2010
Community-Campus Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities: SUNY Works in Progress
Keynote Speakers: Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, USHHS; Wilma Waithe, Ph.D. Director, Office of Minority Health of NYS Dept. of Health

November 23, 2009
$6.7 Million NUH Grant Bolsters UAlbany Center’s Efforts to Reduce Minority Health Disparities in New York State

October 7th, 2009
Family Planning Advocates of New York State and CEMHD Present: “Health Care Reform: Engaging Communities of Color”
Valda Boyd Ford will inspire communities of color and immigrant communities and their advocates to become more engaged in the health care reform debate and other important issues impacting them.
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April 16th, 2009
The Anthropology Department and CEMHD Present: Noël Cameron, Ph.D. from Loughborough University, Department of Human Services presents: “Inequalities in an equal society: South African child health and wellbeing after apartheid”
12:15-1:15PM, Humanities Building, Room 354
Noël Cameron obtained his Ph.D. (Medicine) under the supervision of Professor James Tanner, at London University's Institute of Child Health, specializing in the normal and abnormal growth and development of children. From 1984 to 1997 he was a member of the Department of Anatomy at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1997 he became Professor of Human Biology at Loughborough University in the UK. Prof Cameron has published widely in the international press on health of children in developing countries. He initiated (1987-1990) and was Director (1990-1997) of the Birth To Ten birth-cohort study in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa which has studied the effect of the urban environment on the growth, development, health and wellbeing of over 3000 children. His current research focuses on issues of fetal programming, and the development of obesity.

November 14th, 2008
Special Presentations: Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities Annual Symposium
Keynote: George Straight, Director of Communications & Public Liaison for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, Former Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News
Small Grant Recipient Presentations: “A Black Church’s Health Ministry: A Model for Delivering Type II Diabetes Self-Management Education Program”
Sandra Austin, Ed.D., School of Social Welfare
[Event Photos]

April 16th, 2008
“Strategies to Improve Health Literacy for Diverse Populations”
3:30 – 5PM, Campus Center 375
Wilma Alvarado-Little, Engagement/Outreach Director

April 2nd, 2008
"Strategies to Improve Health Literacy for Diverse Populations"
Wilma Alvarado-Little, Engagement / Outreach Director
Adirondack Rural Health Network Conference-- Health Literacy: The Hidden Risk Factor
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, Lake George, NY

November 14th, 2007
NYLARNet Symposium on Latino Health Issues in New York
Speakers: Jose E. Cruz, Director, NYLARNet; Jeanette Altarriba, Professor, Psychology Dept; Janine Jurkowski, Asst. Professor, School of Public Health
November 14th, 2:30-5:30PM
Standish Room, Science Library
Sponsored by NYLARNet, co-sponsored by CEMHD & CSDA